Kyle Molleson’s (Glad Hand) latest moniker Makeness is set out to give you four tracks of analogue warmth to shuffle along to. The opening track Rogue follows a similar lush vein to Moderat or Jon Hopkins productions with a steadily progressing groove and hints of satisfyingly discordant synth swells. Limited to only 250 copies on Handsome Dad.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 04 November 2015
This suddenly came from nowhere. Before even releasing a single piece of wax bigger than 7” with his band Fun Adults, Kyle Molleson has taken to making things on his own, the first product of which has become a 12”. Oh, and a slot at Manchester’s coveted Warehouse Project, the one with some people called Jungle, Koreless, Leon Vynehall, John Talabot…. Need I go on? Oh ok. Lone.
So yes lots of sudden things happening, so to what level does our Molleson’s sounds live up to this? A lot. It’s all beat-based but naturalistic electronic grooves with crazy attention to detail; you’ll drool a bit at the mixing. Reverb hangs around for just the right amount of time before disappearing entirely, synths have a wonderful sizzle to them, and familiar instruments like guitars and basses pop in and out - that main bass groove on ‘Rogue’ is so slinky. Some little touches of altered vocal harmonies complete that tune, the big single has to, but they’re far from forced. There’s a funky sort of vibe that’s of the Gilles Peterson persuasion, offset by some proper Moderat / Daphni synth lines. Ones that are out to get you like Rival Consoles. Things get totally mad on the final track that’s half bouncy garage and half raw technoish sound manipulation, but again with the real drum kit.
Oh and what’s happening with the Fun Adults album? Have they morphed into Glad Hand? These are questions that only I am asking. But others will soon, mark my words.
10/10 Calmness Customer review, 10th November 2015
This guy's a total legend, outta nowhere - BooM.
An eclectic mix of influences fused into a smorgasboard of sonics - served with a cool ethereal style - dancing on the thin line where life's rythmns collide to carve newly connected echoes of interplaying sounds. Music has gone Rogue!
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